USA Accused Of Being Too Controlling With Haiti Relief
In the background of Haiti's huge tragedy, a nasty squabble is going on in the international arena about the dominant role the United States has taken in the aftermath of the earthquake. A French minister brought forth allegations of heavy-handedness by the U.S. government and demanded investigation into the matter by the United Nations.
Earlier, French Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet had to intervene when U.S. authorities refused permission for a French plane to land in the heavily damaged Port-au-Prince airport. The plane, carrying a field hospital, was later allowed to land in the Haitian capital.
And even if the Americans aren't being too forceful and controlling of other countries, are they even doing the best job? In an article carried by Foreign Policy Journal, author and journalist Greg Palast summed up activities from different nations around the world. Surprisingly, the USA was not the first nation to come up with substantial aid for the Haitians; a small far off country, Iceland, was first.
It is a sad ordeal when the dignity of human life has sunk so low in the eyes of the authorities that they will use a sordid event like the Haiti earthquake for political posturing or personal gain.